Winnipeg Blue Bombers' QB Situation Is Getting Interesting

Matt EichelSenior Writer IJanuary 22, 2009

After a disappointing season in which the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were touted to be a challenger for the 96th Grey Cup in Montreal—but came up short—the situation at the Bombers' pivotal position has grown even more interesting.

The Bombers recently hired Mike Kelly as their new head coach after former big boss Doug Berry was fired due to his strange interactions with players and not living up to the expectations placed on such a talented Bombers squad.

Kelly has only been on the job a few months, and he's already mixing things up in the windy city.

The Bombers acquired Edmonton Eskimos backup quarterback Stefan LeFors in exchange for a second round pick in the upcoming CFL Draft and a conditional draft pick in the 2010 CFL Draft.

LeFors spent two seasons in Edmonton under Kelly following a star collegiate career at Louisville.  After starting quarterback Ricky Ray went down with an injury in 2007, Lefors played the final five games of the season, completing 110-of-181 passes for 1193 yards and six touchdowns.

Not bad numbers considering that LeFors was dressed as the backup for every game this season, including East Semifinal and East Final.

Now, the question becomes: What will happen to Winnipeg's current No. 1 pivotal guy Kevin Glenn?

Glenn, who inherited the Bombers' QB job back in 2004, has had his ups and downs with the Bombers.  From his East Division's Most Outstanding Player award in 2007 to breaking his arm in last year's East Final and inconsistent play in 2008, Glenn's future in Winnipeg is looking bleak.

Glenn has given Kelly a list of possible teams to which he would like to be shipped, which means Glenn may be heading out of Winnipeg, especially since the job for the Bombers' No. 1 pivotal position is up for grabs going into training camp this spring.

Glenn's numbers tell the tale of a QB that is losing grip on the starting position as he threw for only 3,675 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions last season—fifth best among CFL QBs.  

These numbers were far from the expectations of both Glenn and the Bombers.

Also in the mix for the QB position is backup Ryan Dinwiddie—decent in replacing Glenn in both the 95th Grey Cup in 2007 and at times this past season. 

Dinwiddie went 93-of-159 last season for 1,299 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions.  As the backup, many believed that Dinwiddie would replace Glenn last season but Glenn had favour from former head coach Doug Berry.

Now the slate is being wiped clean and the Bombers' pivotal position is up for grabs.

Who will it be? Glenn, Dinwiddie, or LeFors?